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Making a Rifled Barrel without Machine Tools (TIS081)


Making a Rifled Barrel without Machine Tools (TIS081)

The Idahoan demonstrates a do-it-yourself version of the button rifling process for making a rifled pistol barrel with minimal tooling.

DISCLAIMER: If you attempt anything shown in this video, you do so strictly at your own risk. No guarantee is made of the safety or suitability of barrels made by this process for any particular applicaiton.

Homemade barrel rifling machine, rifling the Kolt380 barrel


Build log..

Rifle barrel made from rebar

YouTuber xynudu recently made a screwdriver from large rebar and suggested it might be cool to see a gun barrel made from rebar. I can't resist an idea like that!

UPDATE: Added Grip and Extractor in part 2:

Shooting it in part 3:

Make a heavy duty screw driver out of Rebar

The barrel is made from ~1 rebar about 18 inches long that I got at the local scrap yard. First I center-drilled the end and went about 3 in with a standard-length 5/16 drill bit. Then I deep-drilled it about 10 using a Dewalt branded installer bit from the local home center. I expected this bit to burn out pretty quickly through so much solid steel but it actually performed very well and is still sharp. Good for Dewalt for choosing a high quality OEM.
After the bar was drilled through, I ground off a few of the ribs and milled a nice flat. A chunk of steel was then measured and cut to fit into the hinge of the gun. These two parts were TIG welded together and the barrel liner was chambered and epoxied in place. It was then tested with a 22 short with bullet pulled. I chose 22 short because I had a box of ammo and no other 22 short gun to shoot it in. I didn't want to fire a live round because I live in the 'burbs and can't get to the range very often. Also last time I fired a live 22lr in my garage the 2 thick wood backstop broke through and the bullet put a hole in my giant fresnel lens and dented my water heater.
Bad choices yield Bad results

Really enjoyed building this in two evenings. Thanks xynudu (Rob) for the idea.

Making a Rifling Twist Template (VR004)

At the request of viewers, I am uploading a more detailed discussion of how I made the paper template that I used to grind my rifling button in episode TIS081, Making a Rifled Barrel without Machine Tools.

Home Shop Rifling!

Homemade rifling? Yes it's possible! Once you get a nice hole drilled into a piece of steel, the rifling part is stupidly easy. Watch this video and learn how to drill and ream the hole, AND do the stupidly easy rifling part!

Machining a Rifled Barrel (TIS147)

In this episode, the Idahoan machines and tests a rifled pistol barrel chambered for .45 ACP out of type 1144 stress-proof bar stock.

Homemade barrel rifling machine

My simple, crude tool to cut rifle grooves in blank barrels.

9mm Barrel from Plumbing Pipe (TIS138)

The Idahoan conducts an experiment to see if common plumbing pipe is strong enough for construction of a 9mm handgun barrel.

Making a .22lr barrel without professional tools

I made this .22 barrel for a revolver. The lathe I've used is a proxxon db 250 wood lathe. Started with a 5.3mm drill and button rifled it on a 20 ton press.

Upgrading the homemade rifling machine


Build log..

Rifling button (handmade)

Rifling button handmade 9mm and 7.62 mm material 2379 58-59 HRC

Simple Prototype Rifling Cutting Tool

This video is about how I made and used a tool for cutting rifling in gun barrels. It was made from scratch for no money cost, using materials laying around. It is a first prototype. Later I will make a better one.
I plan to make a how to make a revolver from scratch video at some point. So I made this video, and I will also have to make a video showing how to make the ammo completely from scratch. Then I will make a smaller, all steel, electric version of this rifling cutter and make the real barrel and the rest of the gun.

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rifling barrel

Accuracy Testing DIY Rifled Barrel (TIS104)

The Idahoan tests the accuracy of the 40 S&W barrel that he made in previous video Making a Rifled Barrel without Machine Tools, and compares it to an entry-level commercial handgun.

Rifle barrel made from rebar - PART 2. Grip and Shell extractor

Adding a walnut grip and a shell extractor to the rebar 22 barrel.

Back in August I made a rifle barrel out of rebar to go with Xynudu's rebar screwdriver. The barrel worked well but there were three main groups of comments I wanted to address. Those were:
1. Add a shell extractor (12:40)
2. Add a grip (00:26)
3. SHOOT IT! (Next Video)

In this video I build the foregrip and the shell extractor. The third item is covered in the next video. The grip is made from a scrap of walnut and finished with Tru-Oil. The extractor is made from a bar of 1095 high carbon steel. Not seen in this video, I've also extended the chamber to 22lr.

Xynudu's rebar screwdriver:

Original barrel build video (Pt 1):

Shooting it (Pt 3):

Making a rifling button template

Homemade 22lr bolt "action"

Homemade 22lr bolt action gun .
In this video I make and action for a .22 Lr. I bought the barrel off of EBay the sellers name is the-bear-flag-revolt
This is some old footage so it's incomplete.
in future videos I will be showing a rifling attachment that I'm making for my lathe with measurements and some other weapon projects I will also be making also with detailed video and measurements.
This being my first attempt, hopefully the videos will increase in quality as I learn how to use the editing software ;)

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Content provided on this site is for entertainment or informational purposes only. I take no responsibility for damage or injury from any person trying anything they have seen here. do not try this at home.

Helical Machining: Rifling with the Norris Chuck (TIS094)

The Idahoan demonstrates his so-called Norris Chuck, a device that facilitates machining helical surfaces on cylindrical work pieces, by making a rifling button and driving it through a piece of DOM tubing to make a barrel blank.

Building a Better Rifling Press (TIS125)

The Idahoan constructs a hydraulic press specially designed for driving rifling buttons through barrels using a high-lift hydraulic bottle jack.

Finishing the Rifled Barrel (TIS097)

In this follow-up to Rifling with the Norris Chuck, the Idahoan completes and test-fires the .50-caliber muzzleloader pistol barrel that he rifled in the previous episode.



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